From the days of smuggling, through the years of different trades and industries, to today as a tourist attraction, Poole Quay has been the focal point of the town.
Poole Quay has been home to many different industries over the years, from fishing trips to Newfoundland and the export of goods there to the movement of trade goods from all over the world.
For years this was the quay’s main source of economy, but after the Second World War there was a gradual shift towards tourism, with the south quay at Hamworthy given over to trade and industry.
Poole Pottery factory and shop was one of the surviving industries on the North Quay for decades after many people left, being the main attraction for visitors and locals alike. Unfortunately the pottery closed in 2017 to make way for the development of Dolphins Quay.
The wharf now hosts a multitude of restaurants and many local events are held regularly to boost the town’s thriving tourist economy.